New Student-Athlete Lounge Funded by Private Donors

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Temple’s most recent addition to campus is located on the second floor of Pearson Hall. The new student-athlete lounge was unveiled in late January. The space includes nap pods, gaming consoles, big screen TVs, and unlimited coffee.

“The lounge has everything,” says sophomore football player Kenny Yeboah. “I mean places for us to sit down and relax after class, bunch of TVs, coffee, tea, just a place for us to come and relax. I feel like everybody gets what they deserve, like regular students get what they deserve, they have the TECH and other places to go to.”

While athletes are enjoying the lounge, some students have differing opinions.

Nap pods are one of the highly discussed aspects of the new lounge.

“Props to them, they’re doing something that I could never do,” says junior Kalie Onukiavage. “But they already get so much I feel like and it’s like, alright, well why couldn’t we just do a lounge for every student.”

Sophomore Michael Zingrone says, “It’s a nice little thing for, you know, for them to, you know, to get their little sleeps in the sleep pods, you know, do their thing, you know, mingle together as a team.”

“It would be super crowded if there was–if anybody could go into those lounges,” says sophomore Paul Burke. “But I think there should be somewhere for, you know, any other student to go as well.”

The lounge was funded via an undisclosed amount from an investment group known as the New York City Angels. Senior Associate Athletics Director Jeremy Wang explained how they received the funds.

“We’re fortunate enough that in athletics that we have this group that is interested in the welfare and the performance of our student athletes, and this really resonates with them,” says Wang.

The donors have contributed to projects over the last several years in hopes of enhancing the student athlete experience.

Restoration Near Complete on Philly’s Iconic LOVE Statue

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Courtesy of 2018 Morgan Art Foundation, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Materials Conservation LLC

Love is returning to the city of brotherly love just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Philadelphia’s historical “LOVE” statue will be back where it belongs after an extensive yearlong restoration process – and the alterations allowed the park where it was located to undergo modifications as well.

The statue itself, completed by Robert Indiana, is constructed of 830 pounds of aluminum that was placed in its location on loan for the 1976 U.S. bicentennial celebrations. It was repainted twice in its well-known red, green, and blue.

However, it was later mentioned by Mr. Indiana’s representatives that the blue sections of the statue should have actually been painted purple. The reason behind the color purple is for Philadelphia’s love to stand out from other cities around the world. Despite this, city officials viewed painting the statue any other color than its originals as disrespectful.

The city’s public art director, Margot Berg, told the New York Times, “I was astounded because no one here remembered it as anything but red, green, and blue. We didn’t have any photographs in the file of anything but red, green, and blue.”

Although, archived pictures from Temple University shed light that the original color actually was purple. Ms. Berg ended up deciding to use purple paint for the restoration.

“People are more interested than shocked,” Ms. Berg told the New York Times.

The statue is set to return to JFK Plaza, also known as LOVE Park, on February 13th.

Philadelphia Bomb Squad Disposes of Suspicious Packages Outside Engineering Building

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The Engineering Building was evacuated early Tuesday morning after two suspicious packages were found on the corner of 12th and Norris.

The Philadelphia Police Bomb Squad diffused a small wrapped package on a loading dock and another package inside a trash truck. 300 students and staff were evacuated from the building and no injuries were reported. The Philadelphia Police Bomb Squad gave declared the area safe at 10:30 a.m.

Watch above as the Philadelphia Police diffuse the situation.

Temple Update reached out to Charles Leone, executive director of campus security, for comment, but have yet to receive a call back.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


Stevie Wonder Performs in Center City for Hillary Clinton’s Campaign

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As early a 1:30 P.M. on Saturday, November 5th, both supporters of the Hillary Clinton Campaign and devoted fans of Stevie Wonder filled up Walnut Street in Center City Philadelphia. These individuals hoped to be one of the only 600 supporters and fans that would be allowed into the CODA venue. The event was one of the many “Get Out the Vote” or GOTV events in order to promote the Clinton campaign and also encourage society to vote.

Not only were 600 fortunate enough to get into the club, but special guests consisting of members of the Clinton campaign and former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter were in attendance. Nutter spoke before the performance explaining how Wonder has a “generosity of spirit” and is “a living musical and social genius.” Those in attendance were in for a delightful performance coupled with positive remarks regarding Clinton.

Before his performance, Wonder addressed his audience that he is “hoping that you will show out and show up on Tuesday and vote for Hillary Clinton.” Wonder also commented on Trump by referring back to his once popular reality TV show and explaining “that the reality is that after this is said and done he should go back and do the reality show and say it was fun.” Throughout his performance, Wonder incorporated Hillary Clinton’s name into his popular songs as a way to smoothly advocate who people should vote for. Seconds before the start of his first song Wonder commented “I’m here because I love you and I know that ultimately the end purpose for us all its to become a united people of the world.”

Wonder then went on to play his ever so popular and beautiful song, “You are the Sunshine of My Life.” This was then followed by his other hits consisting of “Signed, Sealed Delivered,” “Sir Duke,” “Higher Ground,” and “Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing.” Other events, such as Katy Perry’s performance at the Mann Center on Saturday, will be taking place across the city encouraging people to show up to the polls on Tuesday.